What Islam Gave the World
Before Islam, 1400 years ago, the world was in bondage.
The people of the world were owned, controlled and dominated by kings, landlords, priests and all kinds of people of power and privilege.
Islam came, 1400 years ago, and liberated them.
Islam, 1400 years ago, broke the chains that bound humanity and set humanity free.
Can we all -- can the world today -- say a collective “Thank You, Islam!” to Islam?
Now Is the Best Time to Be Muslim
If you want to be Muslim, any time is good time.
And without a doubt, Islam’s first three generations were the best of the best.
But looking around, it seems times were never better for anyone to be Muslim.
Islam today is more fun than ever before. And Islam today is as challenging as it ever was.
And that is Islam!
Qulla Yawumin Huwa Fi Sha’an!
And Islam today is exactly what Islam was 14 centuries ago. Same focus; same teachings; same requirements; same commitment to God above and to God’s creation below.
Only the tools have changed. Today you ride a car instead of a camel. And you talk to people on the Internet more than you perhaps talk to them face to face.
But what is most miraculous about Islam is -- if you ask me, everything about Islam is a miracle -- the Qur’an.
What could be a greater miracle than the fact that what the world has in its hands today -- I did not say “What Muslims have in their hands today” -- is exactly the same Qur’an that came out of the blessed mouth of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and that he claimed was given to him by angel coming directly from God.
From God or not, you can fight all you want. Through an angel or not you can argue to your heart’s content. That is the kind of freedom that Islam gives you. That God himself gives you.
That Islam came into this world to bestow upon you.
Upon all the world, that is. Upon every single member of the human race, regardless of gender, class, status, “religion,” ethnicity or nationality.
But the fact that it is absolutely, positively the same Qur’an, you can neither doubt nor question in any serious way.
Now, if that is not a miracle, what is?
Doing Islam Is Like Riding a Tiger
Doing Islam is a like riding a tiger. Either you do it well -- and stay on top. Or chances are you will end up inside the belly of the beast.
No, I am not calling Islam a “beast.” All I am saying is, for those of us who would play games with Islam, Islam will overcome us and crush us to dust.
Leadership in Islam
1. In Islam, power comes through elections. Elections that are free, transparent, informed.
2. We elect the person we think to be the best for the job. Not our relatives; not our friends; not our party people; not those whose color, race, nationality or gender we share; not those who pay us to vote for them; but people we sincerely and objectively, and before God, think are absolutely the most suited people for the job.
3. Once elected, obedience to that leadership is no less important than obedience to God.
4. But when the leadership asks us to do things that are clearly Haram -- contrary to the clear directives of Islam itself -- we say no to that leadership and we disobey.
5. Pretty much the same goes for prioritizing the Law of the Land -- in the lands in which we may be living, regardless of whether those lands and countries and societies are Islamic or non-Islamic, and whether or not their populations are mostly Muslim or non-Muslim -- over the wishes and directives and commands of the leadership. That means, should our leadership ever ask us to do things that violate the Law of the Land, that are clearly illegal, we do not obey the leadership. We decisively say “No!” to the leadership.
6. Thus, when a directive issued by leadership is neither Haram, nor illegal, obeying that directive from the leadership is Fard or Wajib or compulsory, or whatever it is that Muslims call these things.
Meaning, you simply got to do it. For, your very Islam hangs in the balance with your attitude to that directive coming from your leadership.
Teaching the Media about Ramadan
The most blessed and wonderful month of Ramadan is upon us.
Good people fast and pray during this blessed month.
And they stay away -- more than ever -- from bad things, whether it is bad speech or bad behavior.
The Month of the Qur’an is what the Qur’an seems to call this most beautiful of months.
Shahru Ramadaanilladhee Unzila Feehil Qur’an!
“Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was sent down.”
Tell the media that. Tell them: Just don’t call Ramadan “The Holy Month.”
Certainly not: “The Muslim Holy Month.”
If the media use these expressions, it is because that is who and that is what the media are: They are media.
And that means they have to do things a certain way. But you and I cannot allow ourselves to fall into that trap.
As a rule, media are motivated by money and profit and ratings and readership.
And they are driven by political considerations in some cases.
And, almost unavoidably, the media are prisoners of the culture and language of their birth, and of their location, which they cannot easily transcend.
Especially when Muslims are only too willing and too eager to fall into their embrace, rather than teach them what is right and true in Islamic culture.
You will be surprised how fast and well the media learn once Muslims are ready, willing and able to teach them what the media need to know about Islam -- and Muslims.
Maybe, just maybe, this Ramadan is the month during which Muslims must set out to teach the media about Islam and Muslims -- including Ramadan.
Plain and simple: Shahru Ramadan.
The Month of Ramadan!
Just the way God Almighty characterizes it in the Qur’an.
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